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Bízhí wóózhch’į́į́d

Bízhí wóózhch’į́į́d

Eagle is sacred to the Navajo, says medicine man

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
An immature golden eagle flies at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry recently. Three eagles, one bald and two golden, were shot in the area and all had their tail feathers taken. Federal and local authorities have not made any arrests. The bald eagle later died from the gunshot wounds.


Investigations continue into the shootings of three raptors that occurred at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry lands during the season of the first cries of the eaglet known as wóózhch’į́į́d.

According to Kevin Gleason, the law enforcement manger at the Navajo Nation Fish & Wildlife, progress has been made but he wouldn’t elaborate and referred the Navajo Times to the Navajo Nation president’s office.

Three eagles, one bald and two golden, were found at NAPI with their tail feathers missing.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the bald eagle was shot on March 13 and later died from its injuries.

Eight days later, on March 21, an adult male golden eagle was found with its tail feathers missing. One of its wings had to be amputated due to an infection. Officials said it was not going to be released back into the wild.

Cottonwood Rehab in Espanola , New Mexico – where the bird was taken for rehabilitation – named it Pax.

The third bird, which was shot during the period of March 29 to 30, was found with all its tail feathers taken. Navajo Nation Police found the eagle on April 2.

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Donovan Quintero

"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero is an award-winning Diné journalist, who is based in Window Rock, Arizona. He can be contacted at


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